Leonora ‘Lee’ Opperman

Leonora ‘Lee’ Opperman

Leonora ‘Lee’ Opperman passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015 in Kalamazoo. Lee was born December 25, 1934 in Kalamazoo to Eric and Esther (Roekle) Puschel. She graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1952 and Bronson School of Nursing in 1955. Lee worked at the Kalamazoo County Health Dept. for over 30 years and was a long time member of Peace Lutheran Church in Otsego. In her leisure time she enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing pinochle, knitting, crocheting and being ‘Grandma’ to so many. On April 17, 1971 she married Kenneth Opperman who preceded her in 2006.

Surviving are her sisters, Phyllis Curtis of Plainwell and Amalia (Ronald) Steljas of Round Rock, TX; a brother Paul (Jeanette) Puschel of Kalamazoo; and a sister-in-law, Bette Puschel of Northport, MI; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her husband; a brother Mendel Puschel; a sister Vera VanLoo and brother-in-law, William Curtis. Friends may meet with Lee’s family Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 6 -- 8 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at Peace Lutheran Church, Otsego with Pastor Josh Olson officiating. Burial will take place at West Cooper Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Peace Lutheran Church. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

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  1. Carl & Judy Petersen says:

    Aunt Lee held a special place in our hearts, she guided us through difficult times and she gave a warm hug when we cried. We will never forget her or Uncle Ken they are now together

    I close my eyes as I wipe a tear.
    I just keep wishing you were still here.
    I will hold all the memories deep in my heart.
    Through these memories will never part.

    I close my eyes as I wipe a tear.
    I just keep wishing this pain would disappear.
    I didn’t get the chance to say my last good-bye.
    I just didn’t think you could ever die.

    I close my eyes as I wipe a tear.
    All of your love I will always hold near.
    In our hearts and our minds we will never be alone.
    When our time comes……
    WE will meet you in heaven!

  2. Jerry & Cindy Zacharias says:

    Lee will always hold a special place in our hearts. Some of our fondest memories are when we would play pinochle with her and Ken. I know the last couple of times we visited with her she was so quiet but would smile at us but never complained about anything. We will truly miss her!

  3. Dwain Roekle says:

    Our hearts and prayers are with family during this time of Lee’s passing. She was my Godmother and I will miss her. Love to all our family.

  4. Bernie & Eleanor Sheaffer says:

    We remember Lee & Ken very well, had a lot of fun time dinners together with other Eaton employee’s.

  5. Gary and Denise coombs says:

    Lee will be sadly missed by all of us at Peace. She was grandma to so many of the children. Our prayers will be with all of the family.

  6. Gary Gene and Diane Kerber says:

    Thoughts and prayers with the family at this time. We are unable to attend visitation and funeral because my mom also passed away Sun May 10 and we will be at Allegan Funeral home at that time. Two wonderful women will be missed. Diane and Gary Gene Kerber

  7. Carl and Pat (Weiss) Ellis says:

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time. May our Lord grant you His comfort and His peace. Cousin Lee was a very special person and always so much fun to be with. She will be missed.
    Love and God Bless! Carl and Pat

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